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September 6, 2020

Be a Glow Worm

"We are all worms, but I do believe that I am a glow-worm." - Winston Churchill
We all want to be something and we all want to mean something to someone. <— 
Tell story of the complications I had at birth, my mom believes God kept me alive for a good reason. 
Nobody wants to be less than somebody else, and nobody wants to mean nothing. <—
Genesis 37: The Story of Joseph and his Brothers 
Mark 10:35-45:  The request of the Zebedee brothers

Story of James:
Mark 3:21, 31-35
21 When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, “He has gone out of his mind.”
31 Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. 32 A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.” 33 And he replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” 34 And looking at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.” 
Acts 15:13-21
13 After they finished speaking, James replied, “My brothers, listen to me. 14 Simeon has related how God first looked favorably on the Gentiles, to take from among them a people for his name. 15 This agrees with the words of the prophets, as it is written, 
16 ‘After this I will return, and I will rebuild the dwelling of David, which has fallen; from its ruins I will rebuild it, and I will set it up, 17 so that all other peoples may seek the Lord — even all the Gentiles over whom my name has been called. Thus says the Lord, who has been making these things 18 known from long ago.’
19 Therefore I have reached the decision that we should not trouble those Gentiles who are turning to God, 20 but we should write to them to abstain only from things polluted by idols and from fornication and from whatever has been strangled and from blood. 21 For in every city, for generations past, Moses has had those who proclaim him, for he has been read aloud every sabbath in the synagogues.” 
James 1:1
James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ
To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: 
The term for servant is doulos, which, more pointedly, carries the connotation of “a slave.” A slave in the Greco-Roman world was a person who was under the authority of someone else. The term is also common in the OT. For instance, the people were slave to Pharaoh in the book of Exodus. The negative connotation of the word is often flipped in OT texts when people refer to themselves a “slave of God.” The power of such reversal can only be felt when one takes seriously the powerlessness of being in a position of slavery. 

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